Main Category: Women's Health / Gynecology
Article Date: 22 Sep 2011 - 2:00 PDT
A new test has been developed by surgeons and scientists based at Southampton's teaching hospitals, that could transform they way early-stage endometriosis is diagnosed.
In an investigation funded by the Infertility Research Trust, Miss Ying Cheong, a consultant gynecologist and co-funder of the Complete Fertility Center in Southampton, together with Dr. Tracey Newman, an academic at the University of Southampton's faculty of medicine, used small particles marked with fluorescent markers to bring to light areas of affected tissue.
Endometriosis, a female health disorder that occurs when small pieces of the uterus grow on to different organs such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes, that can cause heavy bleeding, stomach and back pain as well as infertility, can take up to seven to surface. In the UK, approximately 2 million women are affected by this condition, several of whom are diagnosed between 25 and 40 years of age.
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